bob dylan


Is music with a message still able to become mainstream? 3

If you listen to the radio here in the Netherlands, you don’t hear music with a message, unless the DJ put it on by mistake. When I think of 20 to 50 years ago, I think of many songs with a message with mainstream success, from Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are a-Changin’” in support of the civil rights movement, through “God Save The Queen” by the Sex Pistols against monarchy, to “Killing in the Name” by Rage Against the […]


Hiding or running away 1

What do you do if you have lots of fans, many people admire you, but you still feel insecure inside? Yes, you start hiding or running away from your fans, but most of all from yourself. This happens to many famous people. I quoted Bob Dylan before: “Being noticed can be a burden. Jesus got himself crucified because he got himself noticed. So I disappear a lot.” That is hiding. There’s nothing wrong with it, it’s a necessity to all […]


Will success solve all problems?

Many people believe that once you are successful, all problems will be solved. With success, you become attractive, rich and happy.¬† All people will love you and you can get anything you want. Wow, that will really¬† make you happy. The only think you need to do is being succesful. In the music business, these people often also believe, that you will get ‘there’ if you are good. And for being good, you need a bit of talent and a […]


“So I disappear a lot”

“Being noticed can be a burden. Jesus got himself crucified because he got himself noticed. So I disappear a lot.” (Bob Dylan) When I heard the news last week that Adele was going to disappear for five years to work on her next album, I felt deep respect for her, more than for winning six Grammy Awards (congratulations!). If I would be her agent, I wouldn’t be happy with that decision, and especially not with the timing. So I wanted […]